One fisherman is dead and another was injured when another person aboard the Captain Billy Haver trawler allegedly attacked crew members.
“We just responded to a report of an attack on the 82-foot fishing vessel,” said Andrew Barresi, a petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard.
The attack occurred Sunday and radio calls from the fishing vessel said the suspect allegedly used a knife or a hammer, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times. The Coast Guard did not confirm this detail with the newspaper, and Barresi also couldn’t give a timeline for when things happened.
The Mein Schiff 6, a German cruise ship, responded to the fishing vessel, according to the Times. It took the two injured mariners aboard; a doctor pronounced one of them dead.
Coast Guard officials met the trawler, which was about 60 miles east of Nantucket, according to the Times, with the Legare, a 270-foot Coast Guard cutter. The suspect was taken into custody.
The identities of the suspect and victims have not been released, Barresi said. The matter is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney.
The vessel was built in 1996, according to Coast Guard records. It’s owned by Captain Juan Inc. out of Virginia Beach, Virginia.